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Research field

Our research focuses on studying signal transductions of plant abiotic stresses and the mechanisms of stresses tolerance in plant genome evolution. We are searching and using those poaceae plant resources which can survive in extreme environments like high salt, cold and drought etc. Yeast functional complementary assay is adapted to screen evolutionary conserved abiotic stress resistant genes from the poaceae plants. The genes abiotic resistant mechanism will be studied in new poaceae model brachypodium. Those genes with strong abiotic stress resistance will be applied to improve crops and turf grasses abiotic stresses tolerant ability through gene engineering.

Major focuses

  1. Collection natural poaceae species with strong abiotic stress tolerant ability;
  2. Screening and isolate abiotic stress tolerant genes;
  3. Functional analysis of the genes with strong abiotic stress tolerant ability in Brachypodium;
  4. To improve crops and turf grasses abiotic stress ability through gene engineering.

Group leader

Principal Investigator (PI)
CHU Zhaoqing, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Tel: 021-57799383; 021-37792288-958
Fax: 86-21-6765-7800
Address: Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden
3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang, Shanghai, 201602, China

CHU Zhaoqing obtained his PhD at National Key Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics (NKLPMG) at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE) and pursued his post-doctoral fellow research at Institute of Molecular Agrobiology (IMA) and subsequently renamed as Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), Research associate research at Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Research Fellow research at National University of Singapore. He Joined Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences in August of 2011. Currently he is principal investigator of the plant abiotic stress and plant genome evolution group.


  1. Majid Eshaghi, Lei Zhu, Zhaoqing Chu, Juntao Li, Chee Seng Chan, Atif Shahab, Krishna M. Karuturi, and Jianhua. Liu (2011) Deconvolution of ChIP-chip MBF occupancies reveals thetemporal recruitment of Rep2 at the MBF-target genes. Eukaryotic Cell. 10(1):130-140.
  2. Majid Eshaghi, Jong Hoon Lee, Lei Zhu, Suk Yean Poon, Juntao Li, Swang-Hyun Cho, Zhaoqing Chu, Krishna M. Karuturi, Jianhua Liu (2010) Genomic Binding Profiling of the Fission Yeast Stress-Activated MAPK Sty1 and the bZIP Transcriptional Activator Atf1 in Response to H(2)O(2). PLoS One. 16;5(7):e11620.
  3. Zhaoqing Chu, Majid Eshaghi, Suk Yean Poon, and Jianhua Liu(2009) A Cds1-mediated checkpoint protects the MBF activator Rep2 from ubiquitination by anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome-Ste9 at S-phase arrest in fission yeast. Molecular and Cellular Biology 29 (18):4959-70.
  4. Zhaoqing Chu, Juntao Li, Majid Eshaghi, R. Krishna M. Karuturi, Kui Lin, and Jianhua Liu (2007) Adaptive Expression Responses in the Pol-gamma Null Strain Depleted of Mitochondrial Genome in S. pombe. BMC Genomics 8:323.
  5. Majid Eshaghi, R. Krishna M. Karuturi, Juntao Li, Zhaoqing Chu, Edison T. Liu, Jianhua Liu (2007) Global Profiling of DNA Replication Timing and Efficiency Reveals that Efficient Replication/Firing Occurs Late during S-Phase in S. pombe. PLoS ONE 2(8): e722.
  6. Zhaoqing Chu, Juntao Li, Majid Eshaghi, Xu Peng, R. Krishna M. Karuturi, and Jianhua Liu (2007) Modulation of Cell Cycle-specific Gene Expressions at the Onset of S-Phase Arrest Contributes to the Robust DNA Replication Checkpoint Response in Fission Yeast. Molecular Biology of the Cell 18: 1756-1767.
  7. Zhaoqing Chu, Hao Chen, Yiyue Zhang, Zhonghui Zhang, Nouyan Zheng and Qi Xie (2007) Knockout of the AtCESA2 gene affects microtubule orientation and causes abnormal cell expansion in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology 143(1):213-24.
  8. Ying Lou, Hui Ma, Wen-Hui Lin, Zhao-Qing Chu , Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Zhi -Hong Xu and Hong-Wei Xue (2006) The highly charged region of plant β-type phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase is involved in membrane targeting and phospholipid binding. Plant Molecular Biology 60: 729-746
  9. Zhaoqing Chu, Li Li, Li Song, and Hongwei Xue (2006) Advances on Brassinosteroid Biosynthesis and Functions. Chinese Bulletin Botany 23: 543-555 (review in Chinese)
  10. Li Song, Li Li, Zhaoqing Chu, and Hongwei Xue (2006) Brassinosteroids Signal Transduction in Arabidopsis. Chinese Bulletin Botany 23: 556-563(review in Chinese)
  11. Keyu Gu, Bing Yang, Dongsheng Tian, Lifang Wu, Dongjiang Wang, Chellamma Sreekala, Fan Yang, Zhaoqing Chu, Guo-Liang Wang, Frank F. White and Zhongchao Yin (2005) R gene expression induced by a type-III effector triggers disease resistance in rice. Nature 435: 1122-1125
  12. Fang LIN, Shou Ling XU, Wei Min NI, Zhao-Qing CHU, Zhi Hong XU, Hong Wei XUE (2003) Identification of ABA-responsive genes in rice shoots via cDNA macroarray. Cell Research 13(1): 59-68
  13. Xiang-Jun Zhou, Lun-Shan Wang, Zhi-Ping, Lin, Jun-Wei Jia, Shan Lu, Zhao-Qing Chu, Xiao-Ya Chen. (2000) Fusion Expression of Raphanus sativus-Antifungal Protein 1 (Rs-AFP1) in Escherichia coli and Its Antifungal Activity on Verticillium dahliae. Atca botanica Sinica 42(7): 703-707.
  14. Zhao-qing Chu, Jun-Wei Jia, Xiang-Jun Zhou, Xiao-Ya Chen (1999) Isolation of glycoproteins from Verticillium dahliae and their phytotoxicity. Acta botanica Sinica 41(9): 972-976.
  15. Xi Qi-Shen, Zhao-qing Chu, Lian-Shen Hou (1997) Study of synchronization & cell cycle in Duniliella satina. Jounal of ECNU (Nature Science) 4: 23-26.

Postdoctoral research fellow

Wen Feng
Tel: 86-21-37792288-926

Full-time Research Members

ZHU Hong,
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 86-21-37792288-968

Li Peng
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 86-21-37792288-968

Jiang Min

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